Thank you, Amy! I used it tonight at a wild church party, calling it Zombie Escape. This
was a record dance, so I used the track of Brisk Young Lads that the Canterbury made for
CDSS in the 1970s. It’s a jig in A minor like Coleraine, so it worked perfectly.
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Subject: [Callers] Calling a Halloween dance tonight? Try this circle mixer...
I try and call the dances of Rich Blazej whenever I can and this one's a Halloween
favorite, re-done as "Werewolves and Zombies".
Garfield's Escape -- circle of couples PLUS ONE EXTRA in the center (Garfield)
A1 All into the center EIGHT steps and back, menacing the Garfield
A2 Circle left, circle right
B1 Women (werewolves) promenade single file to the right, while men (zombies)
"star" by the right -- each man puts his right hand on right shoulder of the man
in front - including Garfield.
B2 Caller hollers "Escape!" ("Boo!", or maybe "Braaaiiins")
and all men run to the outside and swing with a woman in the outer circle. A new Garfield
remains in the center.
Rich himself named this after Garfield the comic-strip cat, way back when he was cynical
and funny (the cat, not Rich).
"The single man remaining at the end of the dance is entitled to a pan of lasagna and
some fresh kitty litter".
My favorite normal tune for this is the minor jig Coleraine, played at a slightly slower
lurch-y tempo, but if I'm lucky the band'll do the Alfred Hitchcock theme.
Have fun, just thought I'd share -- and I'd love to hear how it goes if you do it,
and what variations emerge.